Breed of the Month - April 2014 -"Polish
Congratulations to Susan Stekoll and Karen Willson !!
PON, as they are affectionately called, is short for Polski Owczarek Nizinny
The Polish Lowland
Sheepdog is the English translation of the dogs polish
name, Polish Owczarek Nizinny. The shortened version
which it is frequently known as worldwide is PON. The
first information on the breed was published in the XVI
century describing a
trip by a Polish trader from Gdansk, K. Grabski, sailing
to Scotland in 1514 with grain in exchange for Scottish
sheep. He took with him six lowland sheepdogs. Finally
three of them were traded for a ram and a ewe to a
Scottish shepherd who admired the dogs for their
excellent work. In 1779, Christopher Kluk, a reputable
author on zoology and botany, described a dog, which can
easily be regarded as a nizinny ancestor. Because of its
shaggy coat, he used the word "poodle" :
"...poodles usually medium (sized), shaggy, are the most
clever dogs, having almost human intelligence. No other
dog can be compared to them in herding flocks." The
pillar of the breed was Dr Hryniewicz, a vet and breeder
of some other breeds, who resurrected the polish
sheepdog from near extinction following World War II
after she became attracted with the native shepherd
dogs. Her "Kordegarda" kennel produced Smok z Kordegardy
who became the true "father of the breed". Soon all the
"Kordegarda" stock was heavily inbred on him.
Fortunately, this inbreeding resulted with unification
of the breed's type with no hereditary defects.
Lowland Sheepdog is a relatively new
breed in the United States. Although
a few PON's appeared in America as
early as 1979, it wasn’t until Betty Augustowski started importing PONs from
Poland in 1982 that the breed became
established in the US. Starting with
primarily 4 males and 5 females, it is
these original imports that have
influenced the type and temperament of
the first PONs bred in America, and has
figured prominently in the pedigrees of
many American dogs even today. The PON
was accepted into the herding group of
the AKC in 2001.
It is believed the PON is the descendant
of dogs originally stemming from the
migration of peoples across Asia and
Europe such as the Tibetan Mastiff, the
Tibetan Spaniel, the Lhasa Apso, the
Puli, and the Tibetan Terrier. The
Bearded Collie, Old English Sheepdog, as
well as other breeds in Great Britain,
may have their origins in the PON.
courtesy of Susan Stekoll / DarBozy Pons (Used with permission)
The overall appearance is
that of a medium-sized, compact, strong and muscular
dog, with a long, thick double coat that is very low
shedding. He is shaggy and natural in appearance with a
docked or natural bobbed tail. His herding and working
ability is attributed to an intense desire to please and
compatible nature. He is lively but self-controlled,
clever and perceptive. As a watchdog and shepherd dog,
he has the innate sense to defend and protect all that
belongs to "its family" making him extremely loyal, but
somewhat aloof and suspicious of strangers.
The breed is
well known for an excellent memory and the ability to
work independent of his master. Firm, fair, and
consistent training must be implemented from the time he
is very young, or he will tend to dominate his master.
The breed excels at any activity he is asked to perform
as he also has an excellent nose for tracking and is
highly motivated when asked to "retrieve". When not used
as a herding or working dog, he can be a magnificent
companion as he seems to fit into any type of lifestyle.
UKC Ch. Int. & Nat'l. UCI Ch.
DarBozy Black Tie No Tails
"Corwin" 2001 Eukanuba Invitational Best Bred By
Exhibitor and Award of Merit. At the
time PONs entered the AKC, Corwin was the
only black coated PON showing. Although all
colors are acceptable in PONs, a true black
coat is fairly rare. With the fading gene,
black coated puppies usually fade to grey or
silver by the time they are adults.
UKC Ch., 1998 National Specialty BOW
DarBozy Colorado Rockie
Rockie just passed away last year, one month
shy of his 17th birthday. He was my
sensitive PON; the first to lick my tears,
or just sit quietly beside me when I needed
Although the average life span of a PON is 13-14 years, Rockie lived to be
almost 17. As you can tell from the video,
he lived life to the fullest, but was just
as content laying by my side.
Midnite Merlot "Clark" demonstrates his herding ability. Clark
finished 2013 ranked #9 in breed points
(Canine Chronicle stats)
after only six months in the show ring.
Nadzieja Midnite Merlot
Belka van het Goralenhof, ROM
2003 Natl Specialty Best in Sweepstakes
2008 Natl Specialty Award of Merit
2009 Natl Specialty Award of Merit
Puppies . . Puppies . . Puppies . .
This is how we do it . . .
At the July
Members meeting individual 2 x 4 cards
representing all the breeds that are owned by
PCKC members were placed in a bag and 2 breeds
were chosen on the 1st draw. Those 2 breeds were
the Yorkshire Terrier and the Labrador which
would be highlighted in the August and September
PCKC "Breed of the Month" on our New Website.
At the August Members meeting another 2 breed
cards will be chosen. The first breed drawn will
be for October, should that breeder(s)/owner(s)
decline, the 2nd breed will be contacted to
participate. Should the 1st breed accept for
October the 2nd breed will represent November
and so on. Once the breed has been highlighted
on the website that breed will be retired until
all the breeds in the club have been
represented, then we will start over anew.